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1 Jessica Sherman Central Michigan University

2 Introduction Jessica Sherman B.S. in Biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of Findlay Currently at CMU for M.S. in Conservation Biology Advisor: Don Uzarski Committee: Dave Zanatta, Daelyn Woolnough, and Brent Murry

3 Objectives Locate refuge populations of unionids in Great Lakes coastal wetlands Measure chemical and physical parameters Determine if any support unionids or inhibit dreissenid colonization

4 Methods Project began in early June Initial set up phase Sites revisited at six and 12 weeks Inner and outer wetland surveyed Emergent stem densities

5 Grand Traverse Bay Study Sites

6 Beaver Island

7 Garden Island

8 The Les Cheneaux Islands

9 Saginaw Bay

10 Lake St. Clair Delta

11 North Maumee Bay

12 Methods Water Quality Measurements Multiparameter Water Quality Sonde Water gauges

13 Water Quality Measurements Multiparameter Water Quality Sonde Water gauges Methods

14 Dreissenid Colonization Unglazed clay tiles 16x16 cm

15 Unionid Surveys Initial 1 p-h visual search for live mussels Staked location Snorkeled searches Methods

16 Unionid Surveys Initial 1 p-h visual search for live mussels Staked location Snorkeled searches Except… North Maumee Bay Methods

17 Unionid Surveys Clam rake surveys Haphazard starting location Methods

18 Results Live Unionids found Les Cheneaux Islands 1 species 100% fouled Lake St. Clair Delta 10 species 85% fouled North Maumee Bay 2 species 50% fouled

19 North Maumee Bay Lake St. Clair Delta The Les Cheneaux Islands = Unionids present = Unionids absent

20 Results Dreissena colonization on tiles only at Saginaw Bay and North Maumee Bay Highest 20,741 and 31,007 per m 2, respectively Present in open water of all sites studied Saginaw Bay historically contained 13 unionid species Ricciardi et al. 1995, Goodrich and Vander Schalie 1932

21 Saginaw Bay 5,087 per m 2 46 per m 2 20,741 per m 2 * Highest Recorded Dreissenid Colonization Outer wetland higher than inner North Maumee Bay 0 per m per m 2 31,007 per m 2 Results = No colonization = Colonization

22 Results 28% 18.5%

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26 Conclusions Physicochemical variables in Saginaw Bay & North Maumee Bay appear to support Dreissena colonization Low productivity could inhibit Dreissena colonization No correlations between unionid populations and physicochemical factors

27 Thank you!


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